July 30, 2012
Rep. Trent Franks’ bill to ban abortion in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks is based on ideology and politics, with no regard for the health and safety of the woman. So say DC religious leaders who are asking the House of Representatives to vote down the bill, H.R.3803, “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The bill would make no exceptions for a woman’s health or in cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomalies incompatible with life.
Refusing to allow District Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton to testify about the bill made it clear this was about politics.
As religious leaders with a commitment to both women’s health and to serving the families of the District of Columbia, we view HR 3083 as a meddlesome and dangerous intrusion into the lives of women and families—as well as the governance—of our city. What the District of Columbia needs is genuine leadership that helps to make jobs, housing, and healthcare available and accessible to all.
The bill is not only a danger to the health of women, it is also an affront to deeply held beliefs.
Our religious values call us to offer compassion, support, and respect to a woman and her family facing these difficult circumstances.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday, July 31. The religious leaders’ letter is being sent to all Members.